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Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., June 2-4) -- Megyn Kelly's debut tops 60 Minutes before Game 2 of NBA Finals dominates but drops

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The debut of NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, featuring an opening interview with a naysaying Vladimir Putin, went toe-to-toe at 6 p.m. with 60 Minutes -- and got a leg up.

Megyn Kelly drew 174,506 D-FW viewers compared to 152,693 for 60 Minutes, which began at its appointed hour after the rain-delayed Memorial golf tournament was pushed over to the Golf Channel.

NBC’s new wonder woman also had 44,899 viewers in the advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-old age range while 60 Minutes managed just 25,657. Megyn Kelly ran first in this key demographic from 6 to 6:30 p.m., beating Jimmy Kimmel’s fun-and-games NBA Finals warmup act. But ABC’s 6:30 to 7 p.m. pre-game show then beat her with 57,728 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm.

Game 2 of the Finals, which ended up in another Golden State Warriors rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaged 428,995 total viewers and 221,290 in the 18-to-49 motherlode. Those total were down from last year’s Game 2 between the two teams, which had respective totals of 488,686 and 244,529 viewers.

The Warriors’ second blowout win may have depressed Sunday night’s numbers. But both of 2016’s first two games also were one-sided Golden State victories, with an even larger 33-point margin for Game 2. The Warriors won last night by a 132-113 score.

Interestingly, 2015’s first NBA Finals encounter between the two teams resulted in nail-bitters in both Games 1 and 2. That year’s Game 1 drew smaller audiences than either the 2016 or 2017 openers. But 2015’s Game 2, won by the Cavs in the final seconds, beat this year’s equivalent with 446,336 total viewers and 236,535 in the 18-to-49 age range.

OK then, on to a rerun-soaked Friday night, where CBS’ 9 p.m. episode of Blue Bloods pulled in the most total viewers (154,874) while Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast and ABC’s 20/20 tied for the top spot with 18-to-49-year-olds (48,107 apiece).

Here are Friday’s local news derby results.

CBS11 reappeared in the winner’s circle by drawing the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Fox4 also drew the most total viewers at 6 a.m., and tied NBC5 for the top spot with 25-to-54-year-olds.

The Peacock had the most total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m., but Fox4 reigned at those hours among 25-to-54-year-olds.

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